Alex Jones responsible for defamation in Sandy Hook ‘hoax’ case – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was found liable on Monday for damages in lawsuits brought by parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Jones’ claims that the massacre was a hoax.
Judge Barbara Bellis took the rare step of defaulting Jones in the libel lawsuit for “the failure of her business and that of her companies to produce essential information plaintiffs need to prove their allegations.” Default means that the judge ruled in favor of the parents and will hold a hearing on the amount of damages he must pay.
Lawyers for the parents claimed that Jones and his companies, including Infowars and Free Speech Systems, violated court rules by failing to hand them documents, including internal company documents showing how and if, Jones and Infowars had taken advantage of talking about the school shooting and other mass shootings.
A message requesting comment has been sent to Jones’ attorneys. They denied violating the court’s rules on disclosure of documents and demanded that Bellis be removed from the case, alleging she was not impartial.
Shortly after the judge’s ruling, Jones aired his show poking fun at the legal process surrounding the case.
“These individuals, again, do not allow me to have a jury trial because they know the things they said I was supposed to have done did not happen,” he said. declared. âThey know they don’t have a file to compensate. And so the judge says you are guilty of damages, now a jury decides your degree of guilt. He is not guilty until proven guilty.
The decision has the same result as a jury ruling on the case in favor of the families. The jury will now determine the damages.
Twenty first graders and six educators were killed in the December 2012 shooting. The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother in their Newtown home before the shooting and committed suicide at school in the arrival of police, officials said.
The shoot was described on Jones’ Infowars show as a hoax involving actors aimed at increasing gun control. Jones has since admitted that the school shooting took place.
Families of the victims have said they have been harassed and threatened with death by Jones supporters as a result of the Infowars hoax plot. They sued Jones and his companies for libel and emotional suffering. The damages hearing before a jury is scheduled to take place next year.
“What is clear from Justice Bellis’ ruling is that Alex Jones and the Jones defendants have engaged in long and continuing misconduct in this case designed to prevent the plaintiffs from obtaining evidence on Mr. . Jones and his motives for publishing lies … about them and their families, “said Christopher Mattei, counsel for relatives of eight of the victims who sued Jones in Connecticut.
Messages have been left with the parents of some of the children killed in the shooting.
A Texas judge recently published Similar judgments against Jones in three libel lawsuits brought by the families of Sandy Hook to that state, holding Jones liable for damages after defaulting to him and his businesses for failing to hand over documents. Damages hearings have also been ordered.
In one of the lawsuits, a Texas judge in 2019 ordered Jones to pay $ 100,000 in legal fees and refused to dismiss the lawsuit. And a Wisconsin jury awarded one of the parents $ 450,000 in his lawsuit against conspiracy theorist writers except Jones, who claimed the massacre never happened.
In all three Connecticut trials, Jones had previously been sanctioned for violating multiple orders to hand over documents and for an outburst of anger during his webcast against Mattei. A judge banned Jones from filing a motion to dismiss the case – a decision that was upheld after appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear Jones’ call in April.
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